Board of Trustees


The Town of Cedaredge is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of one mayor and six trustees who are elected at large to fill a four year term.

Members and Terms

The current Mayor and Trustees (with their elected terms) are:

  • Mayor Eugene Welch (2016-2020)
  • Mayor Pro Tem Ray Hanson (2018-2022)
  • Treasurer Patricia Michael (2018-2022)
  • Robert Michael (2016-2020)
  • Dayton Myers (2016-2020)
  • Allan Smith (2016-2020)
  • Catherine Brown (2018-2022)
Gene Welch

Mayor Eugene "Gene" Welch

Gene Welch was appointed as a town trustee in 2005, then elected to a four-year term for 2006-2010. He was re-elected again to serve from 2010-2014. In 2016, Gene was elected as Mayor for a term which ends in 2020. He retired from a corporate career in sales and management, and he has owned a local business with his wife for 18 years.


Mayor Pro Tem Raymond "Ray" Hanson

Raymond (Ray) Hanson was born in Cedaredge in 1948 and graduated from high school here in 1966. He attended Western State College (now Western State Colorado University), where he earned a B.A. in 1970 with a major in history and minors in political science and philosophy. At Western he also received a fellowship to pursue graduate studies in history and economics and he graduated with academic honors in 1971. In college he met his wife, Sandy, and they married in Denver in 1970. The couple has two grown children: Misti of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sean and his wife Rachael of Grand Junction. For several years Hanson has operated his own local business as a master plumber. He was first elected as town trustee in 2012, was subsequently re-appointed in 2016, and in February 2018 he was declared eligible to continue through 2022.

In addition to serving three terms as a town trustee, Hanson fulfills the role of mayor pro tem, and acts as needed in the absence of the town mayor. He is active in the Surface Creek Lions Club, a a lifetime member of the Cedaredge Rod & Gun Club and has served in the past as the club’s secretary/treasurer. He has served also served on the Board of Directors for the Delta County Ambulance District, as well as Cedaredge's Home Rule Charter Commission and the Planning & Zoning Commission.

Patti Michael

Treasurer Patricia "Patti" Michael

Patricia (Patti) Michael and her husband Bob both serve as Cedaredge town trustees. Patti was first elected to serve as trustee in 2014 and in February 2018 was subsequently declared eligible to continue as trustee until 2022. In addition to her trustee role, she serves as the board’s treasurer. Patti was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She and Bob met and married in Tennessee, where they owned and operated a dental laboratory for 20 years. Then the couple moved to New Jersey where she worked as senior dental research technician for Dentsply International. She enjoyed a successful career in the dental industry until her retirement. Patti and Bob have a son, Bryan; a daughter-in-law, Jenna; and grandsons Robert and Anthony. She also serves as “Nana” for Bob’s six other grandchildren.

The Michaels moved to Cedaredge 10 years ago and purchased Mesa Liquors which they continue to own and operate. She has served on the board of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce and is very active with various community organizations including the Surface Creek Area Lions Club and Cedaredge Ladies Golf Club. She is also a volunteer Rotarian.

Bob Michael

Trustee Robert "Bob" Michael

Robert (Bob) Michael and his wife Patti both serve as Cedaredge town trustees. He was elected to his four-year term in 2016. Bob was born in Casper, Wyoming and grew up in Bethesda, Maryland. He attended college at East Tennessee State University and graduated from Tusculum University, majoring in organizational management. Bob served eight years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam Era, after which he and Patti owned a dental laboratory for more than 20 years. Later, Bob worked as manager of technical services for Dentsply International. Patti worked there too and they were fortunate to have the opportunity to travel much of the world. Bob’s last career position was vice president of technical services for Coast Dental, based in Florida. The Michaels have a son and two young grandsons as well as seven other older grandchildren. He and Patti relocated to Cedaredge in 2008 and purchased Mesa Liquors which they continue to own and operate. Bob has served on the Town's Planning & Zoning Commission and is active in the Cedaredge Rotary Club, Men’s Golf Club and many other community activities.

Dayton Myers

Trustee Dayton Myers

Dayton Myers moved to Cedaredge in 1973 and graduated from Cedaredge High School in 1977. He attended Mesa State College and earned an associate's degree in 1979. He and his wife Karla have one adult son. Dayton's experience includes construction work. He was previously employed by the Town of Cedaredge from 1987 to 1995. Since 1995, Dayton has worked for the Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association. In his free time he enjoys hunting and fishing.

Catherine Brown

Trustee Catherine "Cathy" Brown

Cathy and her husband Dave have lived in Cedaredge for two years but the couple started vacationing in the area over a decade ago when they began spending time at a cabin on Grand Mesa. Cathy was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and raised in Binghamton, New York, where she graduated from high school. She earned an associate's degree at a private college in Syracuse. She moved West in the early 1970s and lived for a time in Vail and Eagle before relocating to California where she worked for 25 years in public school nutrition services, eventually rising to a management position. It was in California that she met and married Dave Brown, a career electrician, who also worked for the public school system. The Browns have two children, a son in San Diego and a daughter in Nashville, and three grandchildren. Cathy is a member of a local garden club and she participates in pickle-ball. She volunteers at Pioneer Town and Heirlooms for Hospice in Delta. Catherine and Dave are members of the Cedaredge Rod & Gun Club and the Grand Mesa Southern Baptist Church. The couple enjoys outdoor sports and can often be found fishing at area lakes.

Al Smith

Trustee Allan "Al" Smith

Al grew up in Jackson, Michigan, and graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in architecture. But the work experience of his father and grandfather soon led him to his family’s occupation, the railroad industry. For almost 40 years, he worked for several railroad companies and track material manufacturers, and subsequently lived in eight different states. Ultimately, he became a sales manager for a concrete tie manufacturer in Denver, where he retired. At that time, Al and his wife Jo decided to trade the Front Range lifestyle for the small-town lifestyle of Cedaredge, and moved here about five years ago. Al said he and Jo absolutely love Cedaredge, its people, and its lifestyle. The Smiths have two daughters and two grandsons, who all enjoy visiting Cedaredge, and taking advantage of everything that it offers.